Paul Vallely over at Newsweek wrote an interesting story on Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, and his life in Argentina, "The Crisis that Changed Pope Francis." The lengthy account centers on a period of time in which Bergoglio was sent to Córdoba, Argentina, more than 400 miles away from Buenos Aires.
As the global economy pushes giant soybean fields and petroleum operations farther into previously untouched regions of South America, church activists in Argentina are standing alongside indigenous communities seeking to defend their land and culture from the destruction that such development has often entailed.
"The buzzards are circling, wanting to seize the land from those to whom it belongs," said Consolata Fr. Jose Auletta, who coordinates indigenous ministries for the diocese of Nueva Oran in northern Argentina.
"The match is an occasion for raising funds for solidarity projects, but above all [for promoting] values that draw people together, no matter what their culture or religious creed."
Pope Francis asked people to join him in prayer Tuesday after he learned that two of his great-nephews and their mother had died in a car crash in Argentina. His nephew is in critical condition.
The dead were identified as the wife and two young sons of Pope Francis' nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio: Valeria Carmona, 39, Joseph Bergoglio, 2, and Antonio Bergoglio, 8 months.
According to Argentine news reports, the 35-year-old son of the pope's late brother Alberto Bergoglio underwent emergency surgery and was on a respirator.
NCR Today: Pope Francis meets with victims of clergy sex abuse, asks forgiveness for "sins of omission"; Catholics scramble to help Christians in Iraq; and more.
A couple of weeks ago it was a crooning sister in Italy. This week a sister singing a different tune grabbed the lion’s share of mainstream headlines, but there were plenty of positive stories, too.
Tour guides take tourists to the most notable and mundane points the pope visited when he was Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio in Buenos Aires.
Argentines have embraced the election of Pope Francis in a country where the economy is teetering and politics are polarized.
NCR Today: A U.S.-based group that operates a clergy sex abuse database has accused Pope Francis of remaining silent on clergy sex abuse during his time in Argentina.
I recently observed the global "Francis effect" at the 6th International Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities in Lima, Peru. The theme of our meeting, "Faith of the Heart in the Heart of the World," was chosen before Pope Benedict XVI called for a Year of Faith and before the election of our new pope. We had no idea that our theme would be so timely.